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Hi:   Bought a fixer upper in Saratoga.   Can anyone suggest what is a good way to find a good general contractor?  The home was in it's original condition from the 50s and need serious updating from Kitchen to bath room to floor and windows.  I would a also like to put a new front of the house.   Thanks
  • March 11 2012 - Saratoga
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Talk to your Realtor, we generally keep a small list of really great contractors .
  • March 12 2012
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Angieslist is a good place to start.
  • March 12 2012
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Here are some important links to check:

Contractor's License Board:
  http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/  Tips on what to look for in a contractor, and you can check their license

Better Business Bureau:  http://www.bbb.org/  To check if they are accredited and if there have been any complaints filed

Angie's List:
  http://www.angieslist.com/  Was created for consumers to rate and share their experiences with service companies

Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com  Another place to check for reviews
  • March 12 2012
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Hi,

There are several ways to find a good contractor. Ask a real estate agent, as they often work with several over many years, ask a neighbor, or if you see a contractor in your neighborhood working on a house, ask to see examples of their work.

There are also websites that have lists, but I like personal recommendations.

All the best,

Arpad
  • May 16 2012
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If there is  Contractor's Association in your area, that would be an ideal place to check as well.  Up here we have the Nevada County Contractor's Association, and they only refer people to licensed, insured contractors.
  • May 17 2012
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Hi,

There are several websites that you can use to research contractors, or you can talk to a local agent that may know a few good contractors they have worked with over the years. You could put together a list of things you will ask them, such as their years in business, if they are licensed and insured, references, types of work they do themselves and what they sub-contract out to others, etc.

All the best,

Arpad
  • July 02 2012
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I waited to do anything until I had lived in the community for a year or so.  As I became friendly with many of the local shops on Main Street (my town is like Mayberry!) I would ask around about plumbers, electricians, general contractors.

I have had some wonderful luck finding all these folks, and they are all small businesses usually owned by the guy or gal that comes to my home.  This is the way to go.  Many of the old time local guys have knowledge beyond belief & may have even worked on or in your home in the last 20 or so years.

I love to keep the small local guys in business...and their prices are better than the big guys too.
  • September 27 2012
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